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916 NW 21st Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

503-222-2851

21st Avenue Bicycles specializes in road bike sales, service and repairs. Located in NW Portland, Oregon, the shop can help you find the perfect bike for your ride. Bike commuting, road biking, racing or the casual cruise. 

Meet Us

All about who works at 21st Avenue Bicycles. 

Nick

jessica talisman

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up? 

What kind weather am I going to have on my ride in? 

What is the last thing you think about before going to sleep?

How much I like my pillow

What bike do you ride most often?

My All City Mr. Pink

What was your first bike as a kid? 

A red 16" BMX with spokey dokes

What do you consider your greatest cycling achievement? 

Spending the summer of 2002 touring around the Northwest- 5 years before I moved to Portland.

What do you do to unwind - besides riding? 

Play with my kids

Memorable cycling moment in a movie? 

Pee Wee Herman attempting to wheelie to impress the BMX team.

What is your greatest fear while riding?

Getting hit by a car

Best line you've ever shouted to an non bike-friendly driver? 

I was right there and had the right of way!! Why did you hit me?"

Name your dream bike.

A custom all-road light touring bike

What is your favorite smell?

I love the smell of a ponderosa pine forest on a warm day.

Favorite snack on a long ride?

Pastry

Coffee or energy drink?

Coffee!

Gatorade or Water? 

Water!

One food you could not do without, riding or otherwise?

Tortillas

Describe your biggest wipeout ever.

The worst crash I've ever had was while racing to class in college- I mistimed hopping a curb, ended up wiping out and getting road rash up my entire left side.

 When and where were you happiest?

My best days have all been outside.

What website do you visit daily? 

I check BikePortland every day to keep abreast of what's happening in town.

 What is the next piece of bike technology that should be improved? 

It would be nice if road bikes had taller head tubes. Most non-professional riders could use a bit less agressive position.

What is the best thing you've found on the ground while riding?

$5

The most repulsive or unsavory thing you've ever ridden through? 

Fresh Horse Crap on the trail is the worst.

What is always in your pocket? 

My phone, and my 3-way allen key if I'm at work.

What would be your theme song when entering a crowded room?

"I Zimbra" by the Talking Heads

What is your most deplorable trait?

Lack of punctuality

Your most awesome trait?

Memory recall

Right or left foot forward?

Left 

What motto would you paint on your down tube?

Get Rad and Ride Everything

 

Kurt

jessica talisman

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?

Get outta bed!

 

The last thing you think about before going to sleep?

My alarm

 

What bike do you ride most often?

Basket town bike

 

What was your first bike as a kid?

Diamond Back BMX (turquoise)

 

What do you consider your greatest cycling achievement?

Commuting 7 miles to work in ice

 

Memorable MTB or cycling moment in a movie? 

"Hell Track"

 

What is your greatest fear while riding?

My front wheel coming off while braking

 

The best line you’ve ever shouted to a very bad, non bike-friendly driver?

"Don't be a hero, I can't see your hands!"

 

What is your favorite smell?

Lavender is nice.

 

Favorite snack(s) on a long ride?

Cherry Lärabar®

 

Coffee or energy drink?

Tea

 

Gatorade or water?

Both 

 

One food you could not do without – riding or otherwise?

Mangos 

 

Describe your biggest wipeout ever.

A poorly executed table top In middle school

 

When and where were you happiest?

3am in Tahoe after running for 23 hours

 

What website do you visit daily?

5 days a week it's wimp.com

 

What is the next piece of bike technology that must be improved?

Bicycle technology is beyond my imagination.

 

What is the best thing you've found on the ground while riding?

$8

 

What is the most unsavory thing you've ridden over or through?

Probably poo

 

If a bike thief were on trial and YOU were the judge, what sentence would you throw down?

Cut off his dominant hand

 

What is always in your pocket?

Keys?

 

What would be your theme song when entering a crowded room?

Gorgoroth's "Carving a Giant"

 

Your most deplorable trait?

Ask a co-worker.

 

Your most awesome trait?

Ask a co-worker.

 

Right or left foot forward?

Right 

 

Danny

jessica talisman

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up? 

Where am I?

 

The last thing you think about before going to sleep? 

How did I get home?

 

What bike do you ride most often?

Salsa Warbird

What was your first bike as a kid?

Mid 80’s Schwinn 20” with ape hangers and banana seat

What do you consider your greatest MTB or cycling achievement? 

Building my own filet brazed frame

What do you do to unwind (other than riding)? 

Hang out with friends and just enjoy what life has for us.

Memorable MTB or cycling moment in a movie?  

Bicycle boogie from the movie Rad

What is your greatest fear while riding?

That others don’t realize how much fun they can have on a bike.

The best line you’ve ever shouted to a terrible, non bike-friendly driver? 

Honking at me isn’t going to help anything.

Name your dream bike.

All of them?

What MTB rider do you most admire?

Lopes

What cyclist, living or dead, do you most admire? 

The daily grind riders that get out there and ride because they love it and have to do it to survive, not the ones who get paid to ride.

What is your favorite smell? 

The smell when it just starts to rain

Favorite snack(s) on a long ride?

Beer

Coffee or energy drink?

Coffee

Gatorade or water?

H2O

One food you could not do without – riding or otherwise?

Beer & whiskey; frozen pizza

Describe your biggest wipeout ever.

Went over the bars going down a steep downhill after grabbing a fistful of brakes and finding out that the front brake was not adjusted properly and caused a flat and for me to go flying.  After coming to and getting myself gathered within 30 seconds of clearing the road a loaded log truck flew past.
Or maybe it was when I ate pavement and broke 3 teeth and did a number on my face good thing there was no bike involved with that just a kids three wheel razor and whiskey.

When and where were you happiest?

The birth of my children

What website do you visit every day?

Lightspeed, QBP, JB, Cyclone

What is the best thing you’ve found on the ground while riding?

My knife, or any other personal item that I lost while riding.

The most repulsive and unsavory thing you’ve ridden over/through?

Alligator and/or Armadillo I think that I got both on the same ride.  By far the worst smell would have to be the stench of any of Kurt’s farts.

The most public place you’ve puked during or after riding?

On the side of HWY 30

What is always in your pocket?
 

My knife, unless I forget it and then I feel naked all day.

What would be your theme song when entering a crowded room?

Kiss me I’m Shitfaced, Dropkick Murphys or Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly.

Your most deplorable trait? 

My sex appeal

Your most awesome trait?

Everything

What motto would you paint on your down tube?

Kill your Car

 

 

 

Tim

jessica talisman

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up? 

*snooze button*

 

What bike do you ride most often? 

1974 Schwinn Paramount P14

 

What was your first bike as a kid? 

Diamondback BMX

 

Memorable MTB or cycling moment in a movie?  

Quicksilver. The whole thing.

 

Name your dream bike. 

There’s only one?!

 

What cyclist, living or dead, do you most admire?

 Eddy Merckx, without question.

 

What is your favorite smell? 

Freshly baked cookies

 

Favorite snack(s) on a long ride? 

Beer.

 

Coffee or energy drink? 

Coffee.

 

Gatorade or water?  

Water.  Unless I can say “beer” again…
 

 When and where were you happiest? 

Bah humbug

 

What is the next piece of bike technology that must be improved? 

Nothing – everything old is new again.

 

 

Ben

jessica talisman

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?

Is this real life?

 

The last thing you think about before going to sleep?

The cosmos.

 

What bike do you ride (most often)?

Surly Traveler’s Check

 

What was your first bike as a kid?

Black Schwinn World Sport

 

What do you consider your greatest MTB or cycling achievement?

Wearing out every single part of my bike

 

What do you do to unwind (other than riding)?

Cooking

 

What is your greatest fear while riding?

I forgot my keys

 

What cyclist, living or dead, do you most admire?

Major Taylor

 

What is your favorite smell?

Anise and Orange

 

Favorite snack on a long ride?

A sandwich

 

Coffee or energy drink?

Tea

 

Gatorade or water?

Water

 

One food you could not do without – riding or otherwise?

I’d survive

 

Describe your biggest wipeout ever?

Broke my nose after a high speed endo into an ugly rut on a dirt road.

 

When and where were you happiest?

Sleeping out on a clear night in Big Bend on the Rio Grande.

 

What is the next piece of bike technology that must be improved?

Replaceable derailleur hangers

 

What is the best thing you’ve found on the ground while riding?

My keys

 

The most repulsive and unsavory thing you’ve ridden over/through?

Port Arthur, TX.  Imagine the last outpost of humanity surrounded by a sprawling post-apocalyptic gas refinery spewing sludge and flames.  It was actually really awesome.  
 

What would be your theme song when entering a crowded room? 

"Wolf Like Me"

 

Your most deplorable trait?

Snoring.  I can also fall asleep anywhere.

 

Your most awesome trait? 

A sturdy sense of direction

 

Sarah

park chambers

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?

Bathroom

The last thing you think about before going to sleep?

Bathroom

What bike do you ride (most often)?

My Piece-o-shit old steel Schwinn that I put pink fenders and pedals on. The brakes don’t work ever since I crashed… and of course I haven’t fixed them. But you always love your first.

What was your first bike as a kid?

My first bike as a kid was tiny red tricycle that I was only allowed to ride on my block -- until my mom took it away because she thought it was rusting and that I would get lockjaw.

What do you consider your greatest MTB or cycling achievement?

I helped design a jersey that was manufactured by Canari for my hometown.

What do you do to unwind (other than riding)?

I will try to stay P.G., so I’ll just say Netflix and snacks.

Memorable MTB or cycling moment in a movie?

An independent film about a bike rider who takes a year off to discover himself. His character dies at the end by crashing his bike. I met the actor and for some reason I have never forgotten it.

What is your greatest fear while riding?

Crashing

The best line you’ve ever shouted to a shitty non bike-friendly driver?

F**K YOU!

Name your dream bike.

One that doesn’t hurt to ride. A girl can dream.

What cyclist, living or dead, do you most admire?

An obvious one. Call me a contrarian but I still have mad respect for Lance Armstrong. I grew up with posters of him around my house, so I guess it’s hard not to like him.

What is your favorite smell?

Clean laundry

Favorite snack on a long ride?

Flavor Blasted Goldfish®

Coffee or energy drink?

coffeeeecoffeecoffeeee

Gatorade or water?

Water=life. (Literally)

One food you could not do without – riding or otherwise?

KOMBUCHA

Describe your biggest wipeout ever?

During the middle of a sunny, dry day while stone-cold sober, I rode directly into the streetcar tracks and wiped out on MLK.

When and where were you happiest?

After my longest bike ride of the summer, I pulled off the road, pulled out my cold drink and a sandwich and just chilled for the entire afternoon.

What website do you visit every day?

Bikerumor.com

What is the next piece of bike technology that must be improved?

Women’s bike shorts

What is the best thing you’ve found on the ground while riding?

A nice-ass sweater

The most repulsive and unsavory thing you’ve ridden over/through?

A steaming pile of shit

The most public place you’ve puked during or after riding?

The side of the road on 35th and E. Burnside while a dog barked at me.

If a bike thief were on trial and YOU were the judge, what sentence would you throw down?

Make the bike thief have to pay for whatever the fuck bike I wanted! Oh no, my dream bike is 10k...TOO BAD for the bike thief! Should have thought of that before he tried to steal my old bike.

What is always in your pocket?

Pieces of trash that I never get around to throwing away

What would be your theme song when entering a crowded room?

“I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers. The part where they go “DADADADADA”

Your most deplorable trait?

I get hangovers too easily.

Your most awesome trait?

I'm not a quitter.

Right or left food forward?

Right

What motto would you paint on your down tube?

Please don’t steal this. It’s my life.